Jack Thorne (writer)

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Jack Thorne
Born (1978-12-06) 6 December 1978 (age 37)
Bristol, England, UK
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter
Nationality British
Period 2005–present
Notable awards
  • 2009 Best British Newcomer at the London Film Festival
  • Sony Radio Academy Gold Award for Best Drama - 2010
  • Fringe First Winner - 2010
  • Royal Television Society Best Writer (Drama) - 2011 (with Shane Meadows)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series (The Fades) - 2012
  • BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Serial (This is England 88) - 2012

Jack Thorne (born 6 December 1978) is an English screenwriter and playwright.

Born in Bristol, England, he has written for radio, theatre and film, most notably on the TV shows Skins, Cast-offs, This Is England '86, This Is England '88, This Is England '90, The Fades, The Last Panthers and the feature film The Scouting Book for Boys. He currently lives in Luton.


Thorne was educated at St. Bartholomew's School, Newbury, Berkshire.


Thorne's plays for stage include When You Cure Me (Bush Theatre, 2005[1]), Fanny and Faggot (Finborough Theatre and tour 2007[2]), Stacy (Arcola Theatre and Trafalgar Studios, 2007[3]), Burying Your Brother in the Pavement (Royal National Theatre Connections Festival 2008[4]), 2 May 1997 (Bush Theatre 2009[5]) and Bunny (Underbelly and tour 2010[6]) which won a Fringe First at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival.[7] He also collaborated on Greenland (2011) with Moira Buffini, Penelope Skinner and Matt Charman at the National Theatre.

In 2011 he participated in the Bush Theatre's project Sixty Six Books, for which he wrote a piece based upon a book of the King James Bible.[8]

In 2012 his version of Friedrich Duerrenmatt's The Physicists was staged at the Donmar Warehouse.

His 2013 adaptation of the book and film Let The Right One In was staged in a production by the National Theatre of Scotland at Dundee Rep Theatre, London's Royal Court Theatre, West End and New York's St. Ann's Warehouse.

His plays are published by Nick Hern Books.[9]

In summer 2015, his play The Solid Life of Sugar Water premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, produced by Graeae Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth. The same production will tour in spring 2016, with a run at the National Theatre in March 2016.

It was confirmed in June 2015 that he would be involved with the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Thorne has written for the TV shows Skins and Shameless. He co-created Cast-offs (nominated Royal Television Society Best Drama series 2010[10]), and has co-written This Is England '86 and This Is England '88 with Shane Meadows.[11][12] In August 2010, BBC Three announced Thorne would be writing a 60-minute, six episode supernatural drama for the channel called Touch, later retitled The Fades.[13][14] In 2012, he won BAFTA awards for both drama series (The Fades) and serial (This Is England '88).[15][16] He is currently working on a new Channel 4 drama called National Treasure, which will start filming in January 2016.[17]


Thorne has written four plays for radio; an adaptation of When You Cure Me (BBC Radio 3, 2006[18]), Left at the Angel (BBC Radio 4, 2007[19]), an adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (co-written with Alex Bulmer, BBC Radio 4, 2009[20]) and People Snogging in Public Places (BBC Radio 3, 2009[21]). The latter won him the Sony Radio Academy Awards Gold for Best Drama 2010.[22] The judges described it "as a wonderfully written and performed, highly original piece of radio drama in which the production perfectly mirrored the subject. Painful and funny, it was a bold exciting listen."[23] A Summer Night (BBC Radio 3, 2011) was Thorne's response to the 2011 London riots, transmitted live as part of the Free Thinking festival.

In 2012, People Snogging in Public Places was produced and broadcast by France-Culture (in the Fictions / Drôles de drames slot) under the French title of Regarder passer les trains (translator: Jacqueline Chnéour).


Thorne's first film The Scouting Book For Boys[24] was released in 2009, it won him Best Newcomer at the London Film Festival.[25] The jury said, "Jack Thorne is a poetic writer with an end-of-the-world imagination and a real gift for story-telling."[26]


  1. ^ "Bush Theatre". Bush Theatre. 17 December 2005. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Finborough Theatre". Finborough Theatre. 17 February 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ 2Creative Studios, www.2creative.net (24 February 2007). "Arcola Theatre London". Arcolatheatre.com. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Burying Your Brother in the Pavement – Productions". National Theatre. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bush Theatre". Bush Theatre. 10 October 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "what's on 2011 – Bunny by Jack Thorne". nabokov-online. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Final Fringe Firsts for Primadoona, Lidless, Bunny – - News". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Authors". Nick Hern Books. 2 May 1997. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  10. ^ [1] Archived 22 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Warp / Films / This Is England '86 / New Series for TV". Warp.net. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  12. ^ http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/shane-meadows-returns-with-christmas-special-this-is-england-88
  13. ^ "Press Office – New original UK drama series announced for BBC Three". BBC. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "BBC Three - The Fades". BBC. 
  15. ^ "Press Office – Bafta Television Awards 2012: full list of winners". Digital Spy. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "BBC Three - Don't Take My Baby". BBC. 
  17. ^ "Channel 4 announces National Treasure". Channel 4. 
  18. ^ "Radio 3 – Drama on 3 – When You Cure Me". BBC. 19 March 2006. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "Radio 4 Programmes – Afternoon Play, Looking for Angels, Looking for Angels: Left at the Angel". BBC. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  20. ^ "Radio 4 Programmes – Classic Serial, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  21. ^ "Radio 3 Programmes – The Wire, People Snogging in Public Places". BBC. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  22. ^ [2] Archived 14 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ "The Writers' Guild of Great Britain blog: Sony Gold for Jack Thorne". Writersguild.blogspot.com. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  24. ^ "The Scouting Book For Boys". The Scouting Book For Boys. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  25. ^ "Comic Relief | 54th BFI London Film Festival". Bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  26. ^ "UK Film Council – News". Film-council.co.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 

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